Because Ben has a syndrome that causes developmental delays, he gets Early Intervention services that are completely free of charge to us, and are paid for by the state. Each week he has a physical therapist and an occupational therapist come to our home to work with him, and to show us what we should do to help him reach the next step of development.
Today was Ben’s 1 year review/ IFSP meeting. We talked about Ben’s progress so far (slow but steady) and our goals for him for the next 6 months. We’ll be working mostly on the same stuff: sitting independently, rolling, grasping, standing with suport, and of course, eating by mouth! We’ll also have a speech therapist coming to do an evaluation to see if this is the right time to start those services too.
I think Early Intervention is a GREAT program, and we’ve been very happy with Ben’s therapists so far. I grew up in Trinidad with a younger sister who has developmental delays. There wasn’t a similar program in place at the time (I’m not even sure if there is one now), and families of children who had disabilities were left to cope as best they could on their own. That’s why I am so thankful for the EI program that we have. I think it’s made a big difference for Ben and for us.